Preparation

Lighting


*Check that all light bulbs are working

*All bulbs should be same color temperature

*Turn on as many lights beforehand as you can

*Open all blinds

*Fans should be turned off

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Kitchen/Dining Areas

*Clean off counters and remove any clutter

*Make sure all dishes are put away

*Empty the garbage can, or if possible hide from view

*Remove items posted on refrigerator

*Remove dish towels from oven, cabinets and sink


Bathrooms


*Put essential items used daily in a small box that can be stored away

*Close toilet lid and empty the garbage can

*Clean mirrors & glass surfaces

*Hang your best towels neatly from a towel bar

*If inside of shower or bathtub is visible, limit the number of viewable products

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Living/Common Areas

*Remove clutter and tidy up shelves

*Straighten couch pillows

*Turn off televisions and hide the remotes


Outdoors


*Spruce up entryways, gardens and lawns - trim shrubbery if necessary

*Yard and patio should be neat - outdoor furniture should be in good shape

*Mow the lawn - make sure the driveway & entryway are free of clutter

*In the winter, keep the sidewalks cleared of snow

*Remove vehicles from driveway and don’t park directly in front of the house

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The biggest issue you can address ahead of time is clutter. Look at your rooms as if you were looking at them through a camera. What catches your eye will also catch the eye of your viewer. Potential buyers should be looking at your home and not the stuff. Take a few moments to declutter each room and ensure things are in order.


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